The departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao during the summer has left the Red Devils a little light in the centre-forward department as only Rooney and Javier Hernandez are the recognised out-and-out strikers left at the club.
This has led to speculation in the media that van Gaal is on the lookout for a new hitman and has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani [via Guardian Sport] and Bayern Munich’s German World Cup winner Thomas Muller [via talkSPORT].
However, it would appear the Dutchman might not need to splash out on a new striker as his club captain insists he’s eager to improve on the 12 league goals he managed last season:
“I’m ready to take on that mantle again and be the one who gets the goals for this team,” the England national team skipper said [via Mirror Sport].
“Hopefully I can get a good run of games and repay the manager and score goals for the team.”
“I’ve played different roles over the years for United but you only have to look when I play for England as a striker I score goals. I hope to score 20 or more goals again. If I’m playing as a striker, then I will be disappointed if I can’t do that again,” Rooney added.
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Rooney failed to find the back of the net for the Red Devils in the final six games of the 2014-15 season and his last was a stunning effort against Aston Villa at Old Trafford at the start of April.